3-6 July 2023 | 16-18 Dhu’l Hijjah 1444 AH

Cotabato City – To effectively respond to potential threats and emerging challenges as well as empower its members with the necessary tools and knowledge, the Bangsamoro Women Commission underwent a 3-day capacity-building training on early warning and early response conducted by its development partner Nonviolent Peaceforce Philippines with support from the European Union on July 3-6 3023, at Em Manor, Cotabato City. The training aimed to enhance the Commission’s knowledge and skills in identifying early warning signs, assessing risks, and implementing timely responses to ensure the safety and well-being of the Bangsamoro women.

The participants from the regional and provincial offices, including the provincial Commissioners, were provided with comprehensive information on various early warning systems and their importance in disaster preparedness. Further, It is emphasized in training the need for effective communication channels and mechanisms to disseminate early warnings and strengthen the Commission’s understanding of gender-responsive and relevant addressing of the unique needs and vulnerabilities of women and children.
“The Commission must support communities through continued capacity building and working together with relevant stakeholders to ensure communities will be able to continue the protection of our women and young girls and replicate this practice in other communities in the BARMM region.” – BWC Chairperson Hadja Bainon G. Karon said in her opening statement delivered by Basilan Commissioner Faija T. Taalil on her behalf.

NP Program Manager Muamar Alim, highlighted the importance of the training on EWER for the BWC as their organization recognizes that women are often disproportionately affected by disasters and play a critical role in disaster risk reduction and response. This also reflects the BWC’s commitment and NP’s point of collaboration to promote such an initiative since both organizations share a common goal of protecting and promoting the rights of women and children.